Head On Talks: Building resilience through play in times of adversity

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Head On Talks goes online and explores important discussions to navigate our time as a society dealing with community quarantine and a public health emergency. Aside from physical sustenance, shelter, and hygiene, we are also coping with managing our mental wellbeing, sense of safety, and emotional hygiene. The Head On Talks Series started in 2018 promoting a culture of understanding, acceptance, and responsibility for mental health.

Research has shown that play has important therapeutic value for a child in times of adversity. Through various forms of play, children can process experiences, hone important skills of self-expression, and strengthen their own adaptive systems in coping with crisis. 

As an Occupational Therapist, Teacher Gelai advocates play to promote occupational balance, as it not only reflects a child’s development, but also affords him/her the opportunity to explore his/her world. In this talk, Teacher Gelai will be talking about play for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and going through practical tips to cultivate a healthy rhythm of play to help children through these unusual circumstances.

Learning objectives

  • Learn the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on a child’s health and well-being
  • Learn the therapeutic value of play
  • Learn how to be a supportive adult that encourages play 
  • Learn play ideas that can promote your child’s physical and emotional well-being during the pandemic

Event details

Friday, June 5, 2020
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The talk will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session.

Registration Fee

Php 500


About the speaker

Gelai Castillo, OTRP

Teacher Gelai is a licensed occupational therapist and Clinical Coordinator for Occupational Therapy at MAGIS. She obtained her degree in the University of Santo Tomas. Her practice is focused on the pediatric early intervention setting, seeing clients in one-on-one and group therapy sessions. Gelai offers various learning workshops on topics such as occupational therapy in the home, sensory processing and integration, and developmental delays. She is also a certified pediatric massage therapy practitioner as trained by Tina Allen, the founder of The Liddle Kidz Foundation and obtained her certification on Developmental Play from CreateCatt as trained by its founder, Caroline Essame.


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  2. Proceed to payment via Bank transfer (online or in bank) may be made to:
    • BPI Current Account
    • Account Name: MAGIS Creative Spaces, Inc.
    • Account Number: 8291-0114-12
    • A final confirmation of your secured slot/s will be sent by our team through email, within 1 working day after we are furnished a copy of the deposit slip at: hello@magiscreative.net.



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The Head On series of events is about creating community around mental health and psychoeducation. Aside from events like this, we also have the Head On Groups, which offer support and the accountability of a community, for self-care. Get in touch if you’re interested in Head On Groups.